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Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life by David W. Noble (review)

Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life... journal of world history, december 2014 Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life. By david w. noble. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. 224 pp. $75.00 (cloth); $25.00 (paper). This is a small book on a large topic by an important American studies scholar, who, "near the conclusion of [his] personal life cycle" (p. 1), casts a backward look upon his own intellectual contour and, in an effort to make sense of all that, relates a conversion from the traditional Western cultural utopia of "perpetual economic growth" and "infinite expansion" to the current--seemingly more realistic--view of the earth as "a finite living body," one that is "unstable, timeful." In a matter of six chapters, Noble relates on how "Plato and his colleagues" have invented "a metaphor of two worlds--an old world of unstable, timeful cultures and a new world of stable, timeless nature" during the past two thousand years and more, locking humanity--or to be more exact, mostly Euro-Americans--in a vain attempt of "exodus into that new world," a conviction shared by "all members of bourgeois cultures." Thus, each generation of American historians would construct their own versions of timeless "exodus" http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of World History University of Hawai'I Press

Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life by David W. Noble (review)

Journal of World History , Volume 25 (4) – Oct 5, 2015

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journal of world history, december 2014 Debating the End of History: The Marketplace, Utopia, and the Fragmentation of Intellectual Life. By david w. noble. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. 224 pp. $75.00 (cloth); $25.00 (paper). This is a small book on a large topic by an important American studies scholar, who, "near the conclusion of [his] personal life cycle" (p. 1), casts a backward look upon his own intellectual contour and, in an effort to make sense of all that, relates a conversion from the traditional Western cultural utopia of "perpetual economic growth" and "infinite expansion" to the current--seemingly more realistic--view of the earth as "a finite living body," one that is "unstable, timeful." In a matter of six chapters, Noble relates on how "Plato and his colleagues" have invented "a metaphor of two worlds--an old world of unstable, timeful cultures and a new world of stable, timeless nature" during the past two thousand years and more, locking humanity--or to be more exact, mostly Euro-Americans--in a vain attempt of "exodus into that new world," a conviction shared by "all members of bourgeois cultures." Thus, each generation of American historians would construct their own versions of timeless "exodus"

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Journal of World HistoryUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Oct 5, 2015

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